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Back to driver's ed: How to drive on ice

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The key to ice is to take it slow and be constantly aware of your surroundings. The key to ice is to take it slow and be constantly aware of your surroundings.
John Stuart refreshing WAVE 3 News Reporter Katie Bauer on how to handle a car on ice. John Stuart refreshing WAVE 3 News Reporter Katie Bauer on how to handle a car on ice.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Do you know how to drive on snow and ice? It seems like an easy answer, but going back to basics is much harder.

At the Kentucky Driving School the cars were parked on Tuesday, school was out and driving lessons were canceled.

"Well I personally think that this is the time they need to go," said Richard Epley, Kentucky Driving School owner.

By the afternoon, the sun was shining and while some roads were better than others, it was the perfect time to brush up on how to handle a car safely when you encounter ice and dangerous situations.

Helping us out was driving instructor, John Stuart. Standing 6' 8'' tall he has been cramped in the passenger seat for 15 years teaching students the ins and outs of safe driving.

First things first, Stuart says make sure the car is completely clear of all snow and ice, including the roof.

"If you leave that snow there it will drift into the car behind you, the wind will blow it and that's not fair to do it to them, also you have to make sure your headlights, your tail lights are clear," said Stuart.

Even though outside the temperatures are freezing, when you're inside your car you don't want to be overly bundled up so it restricts your movement. 

"To me when I'm driving I don't like to use gloves," said Stuart. "If your jacket gets you too warm, you could always lay it in the back and then put it on when you go out," said Stuart.

The key to ice is to take it slow and be constantly aware of your surroundings.

"This scares kids and it should scare kids, it's not something to mess with," said Stuart.

Stuart says test the brakes before you approach stop signs or lights.

"When you lose control on the ice, all you have to do is switch to neutral," said Stuart.

Stuart also suggests to switch to neutral if you start to fishtail. "The back end when it goes to the right, you want the front end to say I'm coming with you, if you go the opposite you are going to put it in a 360," said Stuart.  

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